Harley-Davidson Model 17F/J
Year introduced: 1917
Following the successful use of Harley-Davidson motorcycles by the U.S. Army to hunt down Pancho Villa and his troops during the Mexican Revolution, the government ordered another 20,000 to keep our troops company in Europe during World War I.
The Harley-Davidson Model 17 was powered by Harley’s 61-cubic-inch F-head engine (which packed a whopping 15 horsepower!), mated to a simple 3-speed transmission that was mounted to the gas tank.
They came outfitted with a variety of accessories, including hospital stretchers, passenger sidecars, shields, and fully automatic machine guns. They were also quick (for the time), agile, durable, and able to navigate dangerous terrain with relative ease.